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Tools and Resources

Local Business Information

Find local information to help your business make smarter, faster, better decisions. For more information, visit Invest Ottawa

Locate Ottawa

Locate Ottawa is the City of Ottawa’s bilingual online geographic information system-based tool that provides immediate access to key information for site selectors and businesses looking for a new or expanded location. This makes the process of identifying the right location for their business quick and easy. It also provides great business data including demographics, consumer expenditure and workforce data for any business. This information can be tailored to a specific need using a user-defined radius, or a unique user-defined shape using the polygon tool.

Another feature of the Locate Ottawa tool is the ability for commercial real estate professionals, including developers/owners and brokers to list and promote current sale or lease opportunities with detailed information about properties and spaces that are available, site attributes, local demographics, pictures, site/floor plans  and proximity to other businesses etc.

Today, much, if not most site selection screening is done online, and the Locate Ottawa website provides immediate access to the critical business intelligence that decision makers need to make an investment decision. The site reduces research time from weeks to minutes. By providing accurate and timely information for site selectors, Ottawa maintains a competitive global position in attracting and retaining businesses and business investment. By stimulating business growth, the City receives economic benefits through the addition of new valuable jobs, property tax revenue, indirect and induced economic impacts, and the potential to spur further growth, and philanthropic activity.

ServiceOntario Business Services

The Government of Ontario Business services page is a comprehensive information for everything business related in Ontario. It enables residents to take care of all kinds of business online, from registering a business name to filing a small claim to getting a security guard licence.

For more information, visit Business services.


Launched in 2005, BizPaL is jointly managed by a partnership involving governments at the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels. Provinces, territories and hundreds of municipalities have collaborated together to provide businesses with the permits and licences that may be required to start and grow your business.

Why BizPaL?

  • It's free: Search for the permits and licences you may need to start or grow your business.
  • Improve business planning: Know which permits and licences are needed so that you get it right the first time.
  • Save time and money: Spend less time searching for information and more time building your business.
  • Get answers: Available 24/7 to help you navigate government requirements specific to your business type.

For more information, visit BizPaL.

Innovation Canada digital platform

From providing funding to giving expert advice to driving new collaborations, many levels of government offer a wide variety of programs and services designed to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. But if businesses can’t find them, they can’t take advantage of them. That is why the Government of Canada has created Innovation Canada, a one-stop-shop for Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs.

The Innovation Canada website is able to match users with the programs and services that will best meet their needs.


Business ambassador

Single point of contact for new restaurant start-ups.

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Ottawa Home-Based Businesses

When you are your own boss, working from home may seem like an appealing prospect, but before you decide to start a home-based business, there are a few things to consider. Launching a business in your home could be ideal, depending on the space you require and the nature of your work. You should make sure that this arrangement suits both your personal and professional needs.

There are City of Ottawa by-laws applicable specifically to home-based businesses. There are also certain federal and provincial requirements that apply to all businesses, such as registration and taxation. 

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Home Based Business

Zoning By-law - Home Based Business, Section 127 and 128

Other jurisdictional support organizations